Ebola presents a large public well being risk for neighboring Uganda. AMG Worldwide has but to come across any Ebola circumstances at its medical clinic and nursing faculty in Bugongi, Uganda.
Nevertheless, the outbreak does “highlight the need for medical care in the area, and specifically for nurses,” says AMG’s Invoice Passons. There’s a extreme scarcity of nurses and medical clinics in distant communities.
“Nurses are the first line of defense whenever we see one of these crisis come up because most people don’t have access to doctors.”
Witch docs or which physician?
Tribal custom is one other main risk to public well being, particularly in distant communities like Bugongi. Mother and father belief witch docs greater than an actual physician. Moreover, if the household lacks entry to a medical facility, witch docs grow to be their solely choice.
“There is a grip, this spiritual warfare… they use their influence and intimidation to control people,” Passons says, referring to the witch docs. “It’s something we interact with on a regular basis.”
AMG started partnering with native believers in Bugongi a number of years in the past. They function a baby and youth growth heart that serves 300 youngsters in want, together with a small medical clinic and dispensary. This rural neighborhood of 12,000 individuals lives in a 14 sq. mile space.
Mother and father’ distrust of “outsiders” and witch docs’ widespread management lead to lethal penalties. Prior to now, AMG employees observed youngsters requiring fast medical consideration. “We’re begging the parents to allow us to take them to medical facilities, and [the parents say], ‘No, we’re going to trust the witch doctor,” Passons recollects.
“At least a couple of those kids have passed away while being treated by the witch doctor.”
From the darkness offered by this drawback emerged one among AMG’s most influential packages – the Bugongi Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.
Nursing faculty offers new choices
AMG’s Bugongi Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery started in late 2017 with 14 college students. Enrollment grew to 57 college students final 12 months, and 60 new nursing college students joined this system earlier this month. “One huge praise – all of our first-year students passed their (national) exams at the end of the first year,” Passons shares. The entire second-year college students handed as effectively.
AMG desires to develop this program to incorporate a brand new constructing within the coming months, and cellular clinics within the subsequent few years. An identical grant will assist them achieve important floor by doubling each present made between now and the top of September.
“We feel like God has called us to start the next phase of this expansion in November so we’re praying that God would be able to raise [the needed] funds with this matching grant in the next in the next month or so,” Passons says.
The nursing faculty wants a brand new constructing to accommodate the extra college students, offering area for lecture rooms, talent labs, library enlargement, and a pc room. The full value of this venture is $150,000.
Most significantly, encompass this venture in prayer. “We’re meeting tangible needs with healthcare, but we’re also sharing the Gospel,” Passons states.
“A nurse that knows Christ as [their] personal Savior has a compassion and care for people that can’t be duplicated.”
Header picture courtesy of AMG Worldwide.